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Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Painter
High School Art Teacher

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Fried Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
8/19/1931
Birth Location:
Charlottesville, Virginia

Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Painter
High School Art Teacher

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Fried Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
8/19/1931
Birth Location:
Charlottesville
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Biography

Visual artist and educator Malcolm McCleod Brown was born August 19, 1931 in Charlottesville, Virginia to Dorothy R. and Franklin M. Brown. He attended the public schools of Charlottesville and went on to earn a B.S. degree from Virginia State University in 1964 and a master’s of arts degree from Case Western Reserve University in 1969.

After working as an artist at Ohio Bell and American Greetings, Brown began his career as an arts educator and taught at the Shaker Heights High School from 1969 to 2000. Since 1980, he has been co-owner with his wife Ernestine of the Malcolm Brown Gallery in Shaker Heights, Ohio. Malcolm Brown’s work has been exhibited in numerous solo and group shows, including “The Art of Malcolm Brown” at the Butler Institute of American Art; “Something All Our Own: The Grant Hill Collection of African American Art,” a touring exhibit; and “Discretionary Accounts: The Artist Speaks,” at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe.

In 1973, Brown was elected to membership in the American Watercolor Society, the most prestigious organization for watercolorists. Founded in the 18th century, today it has approximately 500 members, with ten members being elected annually. He is also the recipient of numerous public commissions and awards, including the Board of Director’s Award from the Watercolor Art Society; participation in the Art in Embassies Program of the U.S. State Department, and the Cleveland Arts Prize “Distinguished Service to the Arts” Award. His works can be found in the collections of the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Springfield Art Museum, Coca-Cola, and Progressive Insurance, among others.

Brown is also a member of the Ohio Watercolor Society and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Malcolm Brown's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Malcolm Brown lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Malcolm Brown talks about his maternal family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Malcolm Brown talks briefly about his father's background and his childhood in Crozet, Virginia
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Malcolm Brown talks about living temporarily in Warm Springs, Virginia
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Malcolm Brown describes his earliest memories of his childhood neighborhood in Crozet, Virginia
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Malcolm Brown describes his memories of family holidays and meals
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Malcolm Brown talks about his identical twin brother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Malcolm Brown describes his childhood community in Crozet, Virginia
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Malcolm Brown describes attending Hillsboro Elementary School and Albemarle Training School
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Malcolm Brown describes wanting to be a commercial artist
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Malcolm Brown remembers picking blackberries with his twin brother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Malcolm Brown describes attending Virginia State College in Petersburg, Virginia
  • Tape: 1 Story: 14 - Malcolm Brown describes attending Piedmont Baptist Church in Crozet, Virginia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Malcolm Brown describes his social life and extracurricular activities as an undergraduate student at Virginia State College in Petersburg, Virginia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Malcolm Brown explains why he chose to attend Virginia State College in Petersburg, Virginia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Malcolm Brown talks about completing post-baccalaureate work at Boston University and Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Malcolm Brown describes the artistic landscape in Boston, Massachusetts and Boston's African American art community
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Malcolm Brown describes relocating to Cleveland, Ohio and joining the faculty at Patrick Henry Junior High School and Shaker Heights High School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Malcolm Brown describes his children
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Malcolm Brown describes the art curriculum at Shaker Heights High School in Shaker Heights, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Malcolm Brown describes the racial demographic in Shaker Heights, Ohio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Malcolm Brown describes challenges he encountered as an educator at Shaker Heights High School in Shaker Heights, Ohio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Malcolm Brown talks briefly about sociopolitical issues that affected his classroom
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Malcolm Brown talks about the introduction of technology into artistic disciplines
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Malcolm Brown describes opening his own gallery, the Malcolm Brown Gallery, in Shaker Heights, Ohio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Malcolm Brown describes working at American Greetings and being inducted into the American Water Color Society
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Malcolm Brown describes his painting style
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Malcolm Brown talks about the Cleveland Museum of Art and his original piece, 'Grooving'
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Malcolm Brown talks about African American artists featured in the Cleveland Museum of Art in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Malcolm Brown describes memorable artists, gallerists and exhibitions featured at the Malcolm Brown Gallery in Shaker Heights, Ohio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Malcolm Brown talks about the landscape for visual art in Cleveland, Ohio at the time of the interview
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Malcolm Brown lists artists that have inspired his work
  • Tape: 3 Story: 12 - Malcolm Brown talks about the existing market for working artists, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Malcolm Brown talks about the existing market for working artists, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Malcolm Brown talks about affordable artwork versus expensive artwork
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Malcolm Brown summarizes his experience as co-owner of the Malcolm Brown Gallery in Shaker Heights, Ohio
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Malcolm Brown talks briefly about politics in African American art
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Malcolm Brown explains what he considers is an artwork's purpose
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Malcolm Brown reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Malcolm Brown describes how both the professional and personal aspects of his life have been rewarding
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Malcolm Brown and HistoryMaker Ernestine Brown narrate their photographs